Drying citrus peels
Now that citrus season is here how do I dry the skins from oranges, lemons, grapefruit, etc. I don’t have a dryer. I know they are expensive to buy the peels.
Luckily, citrus peels are quite easy to dry. First, wash them thoroughly as they are sprayed heavily. Then towel or air dry them and peel or save the peels when you use them. Scrape off the bitter white inner membrane then simply slice them very thinly and lay them out on a cookie sheet. They usually air dry easily. If your house is humid, you may have to put the cookie sheets in the oven and turn it to its lowest setting the dry them. When they are dry, I usually whiz them in my blender and make a powder. I further dry this before storing, just to make sure all the moisture is out. Then store in an airtight jar and you are good to go. — Jackie
Storing smoked meats
How would we store smoked meats when we don’t want to count on electricity for a freezer or refrigerator? We don’t have a root cellar yet but we do have a “seal-a-meal” and pressure canner.
Port Angeles, Washington
Can up those smoked meats! I do it with all sorts of smoked meat from hams, bacon, and jerky to trout and salmon. This is really the only sane way for long term storage of smoked meats. Even freezing it isn’t dependable as a power outage can put you out of business in a hurry. I had that happen once and that was enough. Luckily, I was able to do a marathon canning bee and save most of my meat. — Jackie